Ambassador of Laos Comes to MGIMO

Ambassador of Laos Comes to MGIMO

18 December 2020

December 18th, MGIMO Rector A.Torkunov welcomed the Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic Siviengphet Phetvorasack, who is completing his diplomatic mission in Russia this year.

The sides discussed the achievements of the academic and educational cooperation between Russia and Laos. A.Torkunov noted the growing interest of the University’s students in studying the culture and languages of Southeast Asian countries, including Laos, and their active participation in the projects of the ASEAN Center. The Ambassador, in turn, remarked that Lao students are also enthusiastic about studying in Russia and expressed confidence that bilateral educational ties would continue to thrive with the support of MGIMO.

S.Phetvorasack expressed his gratitude to A.Torkunov for his personal contribution, as well as the University’s, to joint initiatives aimed at developing academic cooperation between the two countries.

Since 1962, over a hundred Laos citizens have studied at MGIMO and many have become diplomats, ambassadors and deputy foreign ministers. The Ambassador of Laos to Russia from 2009 to 2011, Somphon Sitialin, graduated from MGIMO’s International Law School in 1983.